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Husted Declares March as "Women-Owned Business" Month


COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced March as “Women-Owned Business” Month. Throughout the month, Ohio Business Profile will highlight select businesses from across the state.

It is estimated that there are more than 330,000 women-owned businesses in Ohio and 11.3 million in the United States. In the Buckeye State, these businesses generate more than $43 billion in sales every year.

“Women-owned businesses span every single industry sector in our economy,” Secretary Husted said. “From transportation and logistics to manufacturing and personal services, these businesses are growing every day and helping to drive our state’s economy.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Asempe Kitchen, LLC (Columbus, Ohio) is a West African and Ethiopian fusion catering company and pop-up that focuses on providing vegan and vegetarian options.
  • Bay Food Market (Lancaster, Ohio) has been serving Lancaster and the surrounding communities since 1932 and is Lancaster’s oldest independent grocer. Their most notable products include fresh home butchered meats, custom made party trays and fresh produce.
  • Beth Underhill FitLife, LLC (Cincinnati, Ohio) joins women together who have overcome their issues with weight, food, body image and self-esteem by learning effective solutions in a supportive and nurturing community. Their mission is to make women feel strong both physically and mentally.
  • Caster Connection (Columbus, Ohio) manufactures casters and is also a master distributor of elite brand casters, wheels and other material handling products. They believe that clients deserve exceptional service, great products, fair prices and product availability.
  • Jones Metal Products Company (West Lafayette, Ohio) manufactures components for many markets including aerospace, aircraft, defense, commercial lighting and healthcare. Starting in 1923, they have been privately-owned from the beginning and are currently into their third generation of board leadership.
  • Panel Control, Inc. (Anna, Ohio) is an electrical automation company specializing in wire harness cable assembly, custom control panel assembly and installation. Every panel and cable is built to the highest standards and is fully inspected before shipment.
  • Reed & Baur Insurance Agency, LLC (Athens, Ohio) considers meeting the insurance needs of their customers the foundation of their company. They provide recommendations and design custom solutions for their valued clients.
  • Rossi Machinery Services, Inc. (Ashland, Ohio) was established in 1995 and provides quality products and services to the manufacturing sector. As they celebrate their 23rd year of business, they continue to explore new avenues to perform specialized machining, fabrications and modifications.
  • Solus Lighting LTD (Cleveland, Ohio) is a full service lighting and production management company specializing in high-end corporate, social and non-profit events around the world. Bringing diversity and trustworthiness to their clients is a company priority.
  • Valley Energy Solar (Salem, Ohio) specializes in residential, commercial, agricultural and public solar system installation and project management. They have a strong belief in the viability and long-term potential of solar energy.
  • Wildflower Boutique (Yellow Springs, Ohio) was started by a woman who wanted to create a place where everyone feels comfortable to shop, ask questions and be inspired to both look and feel good when they leave. They are a trendy, relaxed fashion stop that wardrobes customers from head to toe.
  • Yoder Concrete Construction, LLC (West Liberty, Ohio) is a Christian, family-owned concrete construction company with over 25 years of industry experience. Their goal is to provide quality craftsmanship alongside dedicated and knowledgeable service.

In January, Secretary Husted announced that 2017 was a record-breaking year for new businesses formed in the Buckeye State. This marks the eighth consecutive year Ohio has seen a record number of new entities file to set up shop.

Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.

Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 to highlight Ohio companies that create transformative products, offer outstanding service, contribute to their local communities and employ Ohioans. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website. Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

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